The Competency-Based Approach to Passing First Certificate in English

Authors

  • Ilona Ivanivna Kostikova H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5894-4846
  • Tetiana Viediernikova Assistant Professor, Department of Theory and Practice of the English Language, H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Liudmyla Holubnycha Professor, Department of Foreign Languages # 3, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Svitlana Miasoiedova Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages # 3, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18662/rrem/100

Keywords:

Competence, FCE exam, teaching, student, experiment,

Abstract

In this article the influence of competency-based approach of foreign language teaching to successful passing First Certificate in English (FCE) has been shown and the empirical analysis of the effectiveness of this approach for students of nonlinguistic specialties has been conducted. The range of research methods (theoretical, empirical, statistical) has been used to reach the research purpose and justify the research finding. It has been confirmed that the most relevant type of a competency-based approach to teaching a foreign language for specific purposes is the communicative competency-based one. The linguistic competence, which is considered by authors to be the central multicomponent notion has been defined and characterized from the perspective of teaching English as a foreign language. The linguistic competence is based on five practical competences: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Use of English. To check the effectiveness of the applying competency-based approach of teaching foreign language (English) for specific purposes the empirical (diagnostic) methods such as: testing (oral and written), observation, discussion were used; the pedagogical experiment was also conducted with the students. Statistical methods (Student’s t-test) helped to evaluate the results of the pedagogical experiment. The t-value result ranged from 3 to 4.7 shows the difference between the sample data and the null hypothesis that is significant, which proves the statistical importance of the obtained results.

Author Biographies

Ilona Ivanivna Kostikova, H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University

Department of Theory and Practice of the English Language, Professor

Tetiana Viediernikova, Assistant Professor, Department of Theory and Practice of the English Language, H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Assistant Professor, Department of Theory and Practice of the English Language, H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Liudmyla Holubnycha, Professor, Department of Foreign Languages # 3, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Professor, Department of Foreign Languages # 3, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Svitlana Miasoiedova, Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages # 3, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages # 3, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

References

Betsis, A., & Mamas, L. (2015). Successful FCE. 10 practice tests. New 2015 format. Selfstudy guide. Global ELT.

Bowden, J. A. (2004). Competency-based learning. In S. Stein & S. Farmer (Eds.), Connotative Learning: The Trainer’s Guide to Learning Theories and Their Practical Application to Training Design (pp. 91-100). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Fang, X. (2008). Listening comprehension in EFL teaching. US-China Foreign Language, 6(1), 21-29.

Griffith, W. I., & Lim, H.-Y. (2014). Introduction to competency-based language teaching. Journal in Competency-Based Education in Mexico, 38(2), 75-83.

Guskey, T. (2005). Mapping the road to proficiency. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 32-38.

Holubnycha, L., & Shatrava, O. (2017). Using interactive whiteboard at English lessons for law students. Science and Education, 12, 24-30. doi:10.24195/2414-4665-2017-12-3

Hudson, T. (2007). Teaching second language reading. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ingale, G.-S.D. (2017). Techniques in teaching writing skills. Journal of English Studies, 12(1), 16-20.

Kirpal, V., & Gokhale, Sh.B. (2011). Unlock their future: a skills-based approach to teaching & learning English paperback. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Koda, K. (2007). Reading and language learning: Cross-linguistic constraints on second language reading development. Language Learning, 57(1), 1-44.

Kostikova, I.I. (2018). Information and communication technologies in students’ language learning. International Journal of Education and Science, 1(1-2), 7-14. DOI:10.26697/ijes.2018.1-2.01

Kwiatkowska, G. (2015). How to make FCE speaking practice fun: part 1. Retrieved from https://www.lessonplansdigger.com/2015/09/23/how-to-make-fcespeaking-practice-fun-part-1-2/

Ling-hui, G. (2007). Issues and options in English listening teaching. US-China Foreign Language, 5(8), 64-67.

Marx, A., Heppt, B., & Henschel, S. (2017). Listening comprehension of academic and everyday language in first language and second language students. Applied Psycholinguistics, 38(3), 571-600. doi:10.1017/S0142716416000333

Miasoiedova, S. (2016). Incorporating technology into education: methods techniques and strategies. Inozemni movy u vyshchyi osviti: lingvystychni, psyholohopedahohichni ta metodychni perspektyvy. Retrieved from http://dspace.nlu.edu.ua/handle/123456789/12429

Paakki, H. (2013). Difficulties in speaking English and perceptions of accents a comparative study of Finnish and Japanese adult learners of English. Retrieved from: http://epublications.uef.fi/pub/urn_nbn_fi_uef20131057/urn_nbn_fi_uef-20131057.pdf

Rodriguez, A. (2008). The ‘problem’ of creative writing: using grading rubrics based on narrative theory as solution. New Writing. The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 5(3), 167-177. doi:10.1080/14790720802209963

Rost, M. (1991). Listening in action. Activities for developing listening in language teaching. Prentice Hall International (UK) Ltd.

Rost, M. (2011). Teaching and Researching Listening. Great Britain: Longman: Pearson Education. Retrieved from inus.ac.id/repository/docs/ajar/(Applied_Linguistics_in_Action)_Michael _Rost-Teaching_and_Researching__ListeningPearson_Education_ESL_(2011).pdf

Smith, H. (2006). Emerging from the experiment: a systematic methodology for creative writing teaching. New Writing. The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 3(1): 17-34. doi:10.2167/new229.0

Smith, J., & Patterson, F. (1998). Positively Bilingual: Classroom Strategies to Promote the Achievement of Bilingual Learners. Nottingham: Nottingham Education Authority.

Stephanie, W., & Kerschbaum, L. (2016). Review: teaching writing in the 21st century: composition methodologies, reading, and transfer. College English, 78(4), 394-406. Retrieved from http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/CE/0784- mar2016/CE0784Review.pdf

The ALTE Can Do Project (2002). Retrieved from http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/28906-alte-can-dodocument.pdf

Vandergrift, L. (2002). Listening: theory and practice in modern foreign language competence. Good practice guide. Retrieved from https://www.llas.ac.uk/resources/gpg/67

Vandergrift, L. (2004). Listening to learn or learning to listen? Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 24, 3-25. doi:10.1017/S0267190504000017

Whitaker, Ch. (n.d.). Best practices in teaching writing. Retrieved from https://www.learner.org/workshops/middlewriting/images/pdf/HomeBe stPrac.pdf

Downloads

Published

2019-03-11

How to Cite

Kostikova, I. I., Viediernikova, T., Holubnycha, L., & Miasoiedova, S. (2019). The Competency-Based Approach to Passing First Certificate in English. Revista Romaneasca Pentru Educatie Multidimensionala, 11(1), 117-130. https://doi.org/10.18662/rrem/100

Most read articles by the same author(s)


Publish your work at the Scientific Publishing House LUMEN

It easy with us: publish now your work, novel, research, proceeding at Lumen Scientific Publishing House

Send your manuscript right now